I get a lot of questions about how much it cost to adopt my child. There’s no way to predict how much an adoption will costs, since every circumstance is different. But there are some general numbers that get thrown around. You can also control costs by making informed decisions around nonprofit vs. for-profit agencies, geographic location of the child, paying a lawyer or doing it yourself, and taking advantage of the now-permanent adoption tax credit.
I was searching on the web and found a handy crib sheet, pun intended, on sample costs for adoption across geographies and through different types of agencies. The image is in the latest Building Your Family Donor, Surrogacy, and Adoption Guide. Here’s a screenshot of the page (I wanted to put the whole page but the info was hard-coded not a .gif or other shareable image format):
Sorry about the poor image quality, but you get the drift. There’s also this article from Bankrate.com that compares the cost of adoption and surrogacy.
Again, each adoption is going to be different. One thing is universally true about surrogacy though: 99% of the time it’s more expensive than adoption. And for same-sex families, the option of international adoption is all but closed, while surrogacy abroad for same-sex couples is disappearing, as witnessed with India’s decision earlier this year to ban gay foreign couples from surrogacy.
I’d love to hear personal stories related to adoption and surrogacy costs, since this is definitely something that impacts people’s desire, and ability to become parents.